“And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” John 12:47–48
The sad truth of all four of the accounts of Jesus life is that even after all the wonderful words Jesus had spoken that so moved the people that they were compelled to say that, “Never a man spake like this man,” and, “Only you have the words of life,” and even after all of the miracles he had performed: turning water to wine, multiplying the bread and fish, healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind and the ears of the deaf, causing the lame to walk, casting out demons, and raising the dead, still people did not believe.
John says that this unbelief fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy of the Messiah where he asks, “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” At this point even the disciple’s belief is very fragile.
Still John tells us that even among the rulers there were those that were convinced of the truth regarding Jesus but who were choosing to be silent because they were afraid of being cast out of the synagogue.
Jesus’ call to those that do not confess him is the same today as it was then, “And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.”
Friends, just as the people had the word of God spoken by the Father through his Son so we have the word of God spoken by the Spirit through the pages of scripture and through his servants witnessing here on earth. Some will say that they’re not Jesus and that we can’t compare the preaching of sinful men and women to Him. And they’re right. But Jesus described his work as doing and saying what the Father gave him to say and do. We’re called to live just like that. And when we do God’s word is proclaimed and it’s the witness of His word that will bear witness for our against us and either affirm of condemn us in the last day.
In a very real sense we’re the judges as to what our future will be. We judge the words of God and decide whether they’re acceptable to us or not. We make the choice of accepting God and our choice is ratified in the final judgment.
Jesus’ final words to the people in the temple were, “I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”
“(God’s) commands are everlasting life.” Accepting a life with Him; choosing a life lived in harmony with his; following His commands because the dictates of a sinful heart lead only to death, this is life, eternal life.
O friend, choose life.